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Police seize computer of 70-year-old Cary man accused of child-sex crime

David Larry Beam
David Larry Beam CCBI

Police seized a computer, data-storage devices, cameras and photographs from a 70-year-old Cary man accused of a sex offense involving a 10-year-old girl, according to newly released court documents.

David Larry Beam was arrested Oct. 5 at his home on Carmel Court, according to Wake County records.

A Wake County grand jury indicted Beam on Nov. 5 on charges of statutory sex offense with a child by an adult and of taking indecent liberties with a child.

On Nov. 29, Beam was charged with being a fugitive from justice in South Carolina. Wake County records said he has been charged there with third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

A 10-year-old girl told police in Simpsonville, South Carolina, in early October that Beam had touched her inappropriately in Simpsonville and in Cary over the previous two years, documents show.

Police also found out that Beam had taken photographs of the girl, the warrant says.

Among the items seized from Beam’s house were a computer, two hard drives, an iPhone, CDs, video cassettes, a video camera, a still camera and five USB drives.

Beam has been held in the Wake County Detention Center since his Oct. 5 arrest. His bail has been set at $1.1 million dollars.

Ron Gallagher is a member of the News & Observer’s Breaking News team and has been writing and editing news for 45 years.


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